3.5
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Trazodone
Trazodone Insomnia Medication

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Trazodone Insomnia Medication
 
3.5

(based on 21 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Starting to feel a little better since I started this medication

For over a year now I have been watching my diet to combat high cholesterol and 4 months ago I got the thumbs up from my Dr. that I had succeeded in bringing it...Read complete review

For over a year now I have been watching my diet to combat high cholesterol and 4 months ago I got the thumbs up from my Dr. that I had succeeded in bringing it down to a comfortable level. Other situations in my life however had me depressed and my weight continued to go down because my appetite was less than normal. Last month I was down to 180lbs. and my Dr. was a little concerned about it. I won't go into details about why, lets just say he felt my depression was not a good thing. I had planned on a 3 week vacation anyway to get my mind on track and after my Dr. visit it turned out to be a good time to test this new medication.**Trazodone (pronounced Tray-zoe-dohn)**The most common use of Trazodone is for Depression but it is also used for Insomnia as well as pain. I am on it for depression which in turn caused me to loose too much weight. It is also used to help the effects of Fibromyalgia so I am getting help in that area as well.I was told not to start taking it until I had gotten to Indiana, so that I was not taking it and driving a long distance. However I was also due to go to a bike rally so I delayed it until it was over. As of right now I have been taking it for 2 weeks and it can take up to 4 weeks to achieve results.My first week found me waking up every few hours but I was able to go back to sleep fairly easy. I also woke up around 8am no matter what time I went to bed and I felt like I was drunk for about an hour after getting up.Now on my 2nd week I no longer feel drunk when I wake up but I do feel like I slept better. My appetite has gotten a little better but the depression still seems the same but doesn't last all day, so maybe it is starting to work. I still have episodes of just wanting to curl up in a ball but they are getting a little better.I am waiting another week before I decide whether or not I should up my dosage from 50mg to 100mg a day. My Dr. said I should start with 50mg. and get used to it first before I started taking any more. The situation here hasn't changed but the Trazodone seems to be helping me cope better with what I am going through.**Side Effects**As with most drugs there are some side effects and some are easier than others to deal with. My pain medications cause diarrhea, where Trazodone causes constipation so at least now that is normal.....lol Other things include getting light headed, dizzy, dry mouth, priapism, lowered blood pressure and the list goes on.........Now if you watch tv you have seen those ED commercials and how they warn of Priapism (4 hour erections) and how dangerous they can be. Trazodone decreases the libido in 1% of patients but I am in the 99% category as it increased mine (not good as thats why I am on it in the first place!) I know T.M.I. but this is a review and I am just telling it like it is.On the other hand of the 1% coin is sweating and yep you guessed it I am in that 1%! I sweat enough now because of my other meds and my injuries so this one was not a welcomed thing for me but if I can get back to being myself again it will be worth it.**Bottom Line**I have good expectations that Trazodone will help me in the long term but right now I am still adjusting to it as it builds up in my system. I do sleep better than before, not longer but a more productive sleep. My appetite is getting a little better and my zombie like moods are starting to lesson. I trust my Dr. and I am going to keep taking this because I wasn't liking myself very much before I started on Trazodone. It's not a miracle cure but it is helping and I am hoping things get better as I continue taking it. So far I see improvement and as long as it continues I will keep going one day at a time.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Trazodone Puts you to Sleep and gives You Nightmares!!!!!!!!!

Trazodone is very good for putting you to sleep and you don't usually really need very much to let it help you.  Trazodone is generally given to people for depression.  I...Read complete review

Trazodone is very good for putting you to sleep and you don't usually really need very much to let it help you.  Trazodone is generally given to people for depression.  I currently have a problem with depression and was given other medication but then I was also having problems sleeping so my Doctor prescribe Trazodone to help me sleep.  Unfortunately while it worked great it also gave me horrible nightmares.

At first I did not know what was causing the nightmares because generally I do not even remember my dreams then when I did not take the Trazodone for several days the nightmares went away.  I tried reducing the dosage but that did not help. The only time that it even remotely works without giving me nightmares is when I cut the pill in fourths and then I have a 50-50 chance of not having nightmares.

In addition to that, it also clogged my nose and made it very hard to breath at night.  I even tried taking Benadryl to help this but it did not work.

I would recommend that anyone using this be careful and read the side effects carefully before you use it.

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4.0

Melatonin and Trazodone are Good Together

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from USA

Comments about Trazodone Insomnia Medication:

I have had insomnia for several years. I took temazepam for a while, but it quit working so I took ambien for about 4 months until my doctor said I needed to stop taking it. About a month ago, I started taking trazodone. My prescription was for 150 mg but that was too much. I am now taking 100 mg and that seems to work better. When I first started taking trazodone, I continued to have problems falling asleep. I also had very vivid dreams which I found to be very troubling. I had never had such vivid dreams before, and they caused me to have very restless sleep. About 2 weeks ago, I started taking 6 mg of melatonin with the trazodone. The melatonin has really helped me to fall asleep faster, but I still have the vivid dreams. I am hoping that problem will get better with time, though. I may just need to adjust my dosage of trazodone to cause the dreams to decrease. I hope so.

(7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

0 effect on chronic insomnia

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from USA

Comments about Trazodone Insomnia Medication:

I was described this drug for insomnia. When I read the drug overview I was surprised that it was mainly used for depression connected with insomnia. I don't suffer from depression. After researching I found out that this drug should be prescribed ONLY if insomnia is connected to depression. I tried the medication for 1 week with no results for my insomnia whatsoever. Contacted my Dr., who insisted I should continue taking it, WHY?? I discontinued taking this drug and would not recommend it to anybody just suffering from insomnia.

(24 of 24 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Trazodone: Finally a full restful night's sleep

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from Boca Raton, FL

Comments about Trazodone Insomnia Medication:

Throughout my adult life I've always had problems sleeping. Either I had difficulty falling asleep, staying asleep or both. Over the years I've tried all kinds of herbal, holistic, OTC and prescription medications to treat my sleep problems. Nothing worked either completely or long-term or were worth the side effects I experienced.

During my early adulthood, while I still had sleep problems I found I didn't really miss sleeping very much if at all. In fact, this condition allowed me to spend outrageous amounts of time either studying or working without any obvious ill effect. I often joked that I thought sleep was a huge waste of time. I'd often show up in my Wall Street office before 7am and work late into the evening before heading north to Conn.

But as I've gotten older -- especially these days-- lack of sleep has robbed me of a degree of quality of life.

So, at the conclusion of an otherwise satisfactory physical exam several months ago, my doctor asked the usual "anything else you'd like to discuss" question. The subject of my sleeplessness came up.

"I'd like you to try Trazodone", he said. He explained that Trazodone was an antidepressant developed about 50 years ago. A serotonin modulator, it works by increasing the amount of serotonin, a natural substance in the brain. One of its beneficial side-effects is that it reduces anxiety and induces sleep for many. Fortunately I appear to be one of the many. A 50mg. tablet taken 20 - 30 minutes before bedtime puts me to sleep and keeps me asleep for about 6 uninterrupted hours. Taken with 1mg of melatonin, I'll sleep for a full 8 hours and wake up feeling alert.

It did take about a week before this medication worked predictably and reliably. A couple of times during the first week I experienced vivid, though not unpleasant dreams. Since then my ability to get a full night of restful sleep has been consistent. I haven't developed a tolerance for Trazodone nor do I experience any withdrawal symptoms if I miss a day or two of use. I like that.

**Precautions**: As with all antidepressant medications results can be unpredictable from one patient to the next and any unusual self-destructive thoughts should be immediately reported to your doctor.

One reported though uncommon side effect is similar to one reported for users of Viagra and Cialis; that of the 4 hour erection. An immediate trip to the emergency room is recommended. The super-sexy Mrs. Xeno and I are still not certain about just whom is to be treated at the ER but we've developed a contingency plan. We'll play like two hyper-hormonal college kids for a couple of hours before we both head over to the West Boca Community Hospital ER.

**My Viewpoint**: I'm not a doctor, nor have I even played one on TV, so I'm not in a position to unconditionally recommend this medication to anyone. However, it works well for me and if you suffer from any form of insomnia it makes sense to discuss its possible use with your own physician.


Rudi

(12 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

changed my life

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from Millstone Township, NJ

Comments about Trazodone Insomnia Medication:

I have always had trouble sleeping, and it had cost me my job. Nothing had ever worked. Finally, my doctor tried me on trazodone and I was like a different person. For once I knew that I was going to fall asleep that night. I take a very high dose, and some side effects are feeling hungry after taking, some vivid dreams, and feeling dizzy the morning after. However i'm a lot healthier emotionally. It has changed my life.

(31 of 33 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Trazadone - better sleep, better days!

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from Vinemont, AL

Comments about Trazodone Insomnia Medication:

I try not to have to take tons of medications, so when my doctor wanted to prescribe Trazodone to me, I was hesitant.  He felt that myanxiety, mild depression and high stress levels were to blame for my inability to sleep through the night (an occassional full-blown insomnia), and after some disussion on the risks and benefits I agreed to give it a try.

I'm amazed and grateful for what this medication has done; finally, I can get a good nights sleep!  I don't take it every day, just once or twice a week, but even that infrequent usage has greatly improved my rest.  When I take it I don't wake up throughout the night, letting the worries of my day destroy my rest; instead I sleep and wake up feeling like a new person.  I would recommend this medication to anyone who, like me, just has trouble staying asleep.

So far, I have not noticed any adverse effects from taking Trazodone.  It has been nothing but a wonderful sleep aid for me.

(12 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Very effective

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from Lacona, IA

Comments about Trazodone Insomnia Medication:

I have had problems with anxiety and insomnia for years. Have been perscribed Nortryptaline, Paroxitine, Ativan, Cipralex and Pritiq and had awful side effects from all of them. My doctor finally perscribed Trazodone because it works by a differernt mechanism from all of the other drugs I had taken.

The Trazodone is the only medicine I have taken which seems to really work. It helps me to sleep and has brought the anxiety down to zero. My only complaint would be that it leaves some residual drowsiness in the morning, which wears off in 2-3 hours or faster with some coffee.

Overall, I reccomned it as a good medication.

(10 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Vivid, horrid nightmares!

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from San Diego, CA

Comments about Trazodone Insomnia Medication:

I suffer from chronic insomnia, took Trazodone and had the most vivid, horrid nightmares of my life. I only took 50 mgs and was so utterly distrubed by the nightmares that I threw the pills down the toilet the next morning. Additional horrid side effect... I am a very stable person, can honestly say that I have never considered suicide... but after this one dose of Trazodone, I literally considered this in the middle of the night. Buyer beware, for me this med was a disaster.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Trazadone is Ineffective for Sleep Disorders

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from Raleigh, NC

Comments about Trazodone Insomnia Medication:

I used Trazadone for several months with no visible improvement in my sleep patterns.  I did not notice any benefit to taking this medicine whatsoever, and my dose was increased all the way to the maximum safe dose for adults.  I still had problems falling asleep and staying asleep while taking this medication.

It was prescribed to me because it is considered to be a helpful medication for those who suffer from depression.  I have both Generalized Anxiety Disorder and Depression, so this seemed like a good fit.  However, while on Trazadone I did not notice any improvement in my depressive symptoms either.

Please be aware that my experience may not be the same as yours.  I also tried Restoril, Valerian Root, Melatonin, and generic "Sleep Aid" from the local grocery store before I found something that worked (Ambien).  I also now know that I have sleep apnea so that could be a reason why the medicine wasn't strong enough to keep me asleep.  (For those who don't know, sleep apnea causes a person to stop breathing during sleep and the body has to wake itself up to some degree to keep from dying.)  I may be the exception rather than the rule, but I'd be hesitant to tell anyone to hang their hopes for improved sleep on this medication.

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Take it from an Insomniac - Trazadone works!

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from Joplin, MO

Comments about Trazodone Insomnia Medication:

I used to be on serequel, but there were several horrible side efects that came along with it.  Not only did it cause my cholesterol levels to increase, it also cause a lot of weight gain, and gave me issues with my skin.

Now that I've switched to Trazadone, I've lost quite a bit of weight, and I still sleep great.  I take it for depression as well, but more importantly, I take it to help me sleep.  If I get a good nights sleep, obviously, I won't be so depressed.  I've been an insomniac since I was 12 (i'm 34 now).  I'm so glad to finally find something to help me sleep, without all the horrible side effects.

(5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

I know it works for many, but it didn't work for me.

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from Vallejo, CA

Comments about Trazodone Insomnia Medication:

Last night (the second night I tried Trazadone) was the final straw.  After 2 1/2 hours of waiting for the 150 mg dose to work, I gave up hope.  I'm glad it works for others, but the only thing it did for me was make me slightly dizzy.

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